Suspending bays

Parking bays may by suspended from use for reasons such as domestic removals, building works or access to or from a site, but not for purposes such as preferential parking. They prohibit the use of the space by anyone other than the applicant. A suspension may apply to one bay, or a larger area if necessary. Unless marked out, one bay shall be considered as 10 metres in length.

Yellow lines cannot be suspended. Suspended bays are enforced by way of a Penalty Charge Notice in accordance with the restrictions indicated on the sign. The council will not tow vehicles parked in suspended bays and can only enforce when the suspension signage has been in situ for 3 days. In circumstances where it is necessary for vehicles to be in the suspended area, no vehicles other than commercial vehicles directly associated with the operation are permitted.

Late applications for emergency works are not guaranteed, but will be considered. They must be received before noon Monday to Friday (excluding public and bank holidays). The council will not be held responsible for any inconvenience caused if spaces are occupied.

If works are completed prior to the end date of the suspension, you should notify us by emailing or calling 01903 737655 so that the suspended bays can be made available again.

To make an application please complete the Application for Suspension of parking bays 021220.pdf [pdf] 115KB and send it to The fees vary depending on the amount of bays and length of suspension, and these are outlined on the form.  Please note that there is a minimum notice period of 10 working days. The applicant will be contacted by telephone to confirm the approval of the suspension and to take a card payment.

You must complete a new application form for amendments or extensions to existing suspension. There is a notice period of 3 days and an administration charge for this service, in addition to the daily charge.

Cancellations must be emailed to The fee is non-refundable.